The Raids

In January 2002, we suffered a raid by police. This was followed by raids in March, June, and finally February of 2003.

All 17 charges of trafficking that followed these raids were dropped, acquitted, or overturned in the Court of Appeal.

In December 2009, our organization’s bakery facility was raided by police and our baker, Owen Smith was arrested. We fought those charges and won.

Thanks to our constitutional challenge to those resulting charges, Justice Robert Johnston concluded that the section in Health Canada’s Marijuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR) (which functionally restricts recipients to using only the dried form of the drug), is unconstitutional; it breaches the Charter of Rights section that guarantees “life, liberty, and security of the person.”

The results of the 2012 Supreme Court challenge effectively granted an exemption to patients in Canada, giving them the right to create and consume products derived and created from cannabis.